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10 things to buy when living in Korea.

Happy summer, and welcome back to my blog!

I have fished around in my brain for things to write about, that relate to Korea.

As opposed to the abundant amount of blog posts about what to pack when coming to Korea, and what to buy when visiting Korea, I have not seen any posts about what to buy when living here.

If you are anything like me, you delay buying things that you need and end up buying it a year or so later. You then think to yourself, ‘why didn’t I buy this sooner?’…
This has happened to me multiple times in the last 4 years.

So, to prevent you wasting time and avoid regret, I present to you…

10 things that you should buy when living in Korea.

Check out my other lists, here.

  1. Electric blanket 
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    If you have to buy just one thing from this list, please buy this! My electric blanket has saved me from freezing to death in the winter. While Korea is crazy hot in the summer, the winters could not be more opposite. While a duvet can keep you warm, the cozy heat you get from using an electric blanket is irreplaceable.
    For my female readers, electric blankets are also a God-send when you are on your period! Gets rid of my lower back pain almost instantly.

    While this is not the heated pad that I use, here is a similar one.
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  2. Dehumidifier
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    Korea is known for having 4 seasons. When I first moved to Korea, each season was 3 months long. What nobody told me was that the summers here are incredibly humid.
    As I have only ever lived in 1 house until I moved to Korea, I’m not sure how accurate this is but, I think Korean houses are not built as well as my very old house in London. This means, mold forms very fast. Molds annoying cousin is water.
    I regret not buying a dehumidifier in my first year, as I would have avoided sticky summers and countless times trying to scrub mold.

    Buy a mini dehumidifier 
    here!

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  3. Humidifier
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    I know, why would I suggest the complete opposite item to the one I have just mentioned. Well, two reasons. First, everyone is different. Second, Korea is wet in the summer, but it is extremely dry in the winter.
    When the winter is as cold as it gets here, you need to put the heating on. But the heating does make the air dry. I suffer from nose bleeds sometimes in the winter and I guess it is because the dry air. After I used a humidifier, the nose bleeds stopped and my skin was not dry anymore.
    However, a warning, please make sure you clean and disinfect your humidifier as it could be very bad for your health.I am in love with this humidifier lamp!
  4. Rice cooker
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    Many of my lucky friends moved into their apartment with a rice cooker waiting to greet them. I however, was not so lucky.
    Now, I do not like rice. I can go months or years without eating it. But, a rice cooker is basically a slow cooker and steamer! You can make multiple things in their and it is very compact and cheap.
    Whenever my Korean friends visited my house, they always asked where the rice cooker was and they would look at me like I had just offended their entire heritage. Avoid crushing your Korean friends hearts by buying one!

    Here is a like to a cute 1-3 person rice cooker.
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  5. Mini oven
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    Again, this one might not seem necessary, but I only bought mine a year ago and I can say that I am SO glad that I bought it. This should have been the first thing I bought when I got here because I love to bake. Not only baking. When I think about what kind of foods I used to eat back home, I almost always made things in the oven.
    Mini ovens are around the same size as a microwave. More importantly, they get the job done!I have no regrets! Here is my mini oven!
  6. Shower head water purifierreview_9b028Now, I must admit, I have not bought this yet. But, I am including it in my list as most of my friends in Korea have used purifiers and they love them.
    The water in Korea is softer and I guess less chemically treated than water in London. So the water here has already done wonders for my hair.
    I am not sure about the water in other cities in the world but most of my friends have used these purifiers as they had seen negative changes in their hair and skin condition.
    As soon as I finish this post, I will order a purifier and possible give you a blog post about the benefits or cons of it!This is the most famous water purifier I have seen.
  7. Fan
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    As mentioned at the beginning of this post, the summers here are intense. I came from London, where 25 degrees is considered a heat wave! To Korea, where 25 degree is an average spring day.

    Most houses in Korea are already installed with air conditioning, but air conditioning is extremely expensive in Korea! So, I suggest buying a fan as it is more cost-effective and if you end up living in a place without an air conditioner, you are set!

    Also, handheld fans are so handy when you are out and about in public!
    You can buy the Standing fan that I use here.

  8. Vacuum
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    Most housing in Korea has vinyl plank flooring. I never realised how much hair I and Aurora shed. Not only that, but how fast dust forms! Having a vacuüm makes cleaning so much easier than using a swifter or sweeping.
    While I still use my swifter, I use my vacuum almost everyday to get rid of  Aurora’s fur in a time-saving way!There are many vacuum cleaners but here is a cheap but sturdy one!
  9. Brita water purifier
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    Apparently, Korea’s tap water is drinkable. Not many Korean people drink the tap water, for I think the same reason people from London don’t drink tap water. It smells funny, the water system is old and it is well-known that the water is chemically treated.
    However, drinking bottled water is terrible for the environment and Eco system.
    Many Korean’s live in apartments and they have a water dispenser or water filtered installed. But for us foreigners, we never know when we will be moving next and water dispensers are like phone contracts, you have to sign a 2 year contract. So I suggest buying a Brita water purifier! It is slim enough to fit into your fridge, so you can also enjoy chilled water in the summer!Buy your own one here!
  10. Padding
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    As mentioned above, the winters here are incredibly cold. At first I thought that I could survive with my winter jacket from back home. I later realised how mild British weather is and how extreme Korean weather is!
    My second winter in Korea, I purchased a big padded coat and I realised that I had stopped complaining about the coldness!
    If you will be here for the winter, make sure you buy padding!Sorry, I have no link for padding. However, in winter they are easy to find everywhere. I will recommend Discovery expedition!

So there you have it! The 10 things I suggest you buy when living in Korea!

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Day 7: What attracts you (in love)

Well, here is a blog post reminiscent of my old days of date blogging.

What attracts me in love. I will keep this post family rated! I promise!

I wish that I was somebody who could list good qualities as what attracts me, but when I think about it, I am a sucker for hot guys. I do consider personality to be important but when I start listing things, I’m probably going to start with apperance. Please, don’t think I am shallow! Because that is how I already feel I am going to sound!

The first thing that attracts me is height. I love tall guys. I am 164cm so about 5ft 4inches. Not that tall! But my ideal height in a guy is 186cm/ over 6ft. Or taller. The taller the better!

Another thing that attracts me is hair. I hate when guys wear caps. I love a guy with a nice hair cut that is styled well.

Now, before I start listing all the things I like in guys apperance wise, let’s move on to personality.

I like someone who likes my friends. For me, my friends are a big part of my life and I enjoy spending time with them. So it is important that a guy gets along with my friends.

Manners. I love well spoken people who are very polite and considerate of other people.

There you have it! I could write more about this topic, but I want to keep this post nice and short. So, if you want to know more about what attracts me, let me know!

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Day 6: Whats in my bag?

I love watching videos of people doing ‘What’s in my bag’. But I never thought about doing a blog version before!

So, here it is!

The most important thing that I always have in my bag is, headphones. I need them for cases like this where I have been stuck in traffic for 40 minutes. I would have been going crazy if I didn’t have my headphones in my bag!

Next is my purse. My cards, money, ID.

I always have a makeup bag which has my lipstick and tint in it. I also put my perfume and an amazing product I found called ‘All look out’. Most of the Korean foods I eat are red. During the summer, I love to wear white. And I am the clumsiest person ever when I am wearing white. This product gets stains out on the spot.

I have a pack of tissues and sometimes I have gum!

I used to be one of those people with big bags and everything but the kitchen sink in it. But now, I like clutch bags and smaller bags so I have changed my ways and become more simple!

Would you guys like me to do a vlog version of this blog post? Let me know what you guys keep in your bag!

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Day 5: 5 current goals.

How many goals do you currently have set for yourself? I have never really thought about goals and I guess it’s because I have never been asked what my current goals are. I always get asked what my future goals are. However, now that I think about it, I have to have current goals in order to fulfil my long term goals.

Why 5? Because it is day 5 of my blog challenge and I want to celebrate by having a 5 theme! Okay?!

  1. Lose weight.

Now, this is always going to be a goal for me. Is it not a goal for most of the population? I have never been slim and I probably never will be. But I feel like I need to lose weight for my health. Since moving to Korea, I have put on weight and I can tell that it needs to change. So that is one of my more important goals.

2. Keep up blogging and be recognised as a blogger.

Now this is a goal which I have, if you haven’t noticed, have started to try to reach recently. (The challenge, for my slower readers). It is something that ai realise I should have never stopped doing, because it makes me happy. It also will help towards my long term goal of being a journalist or professional blogger.

3. Be fluent in Korean.

When I first moved to Korea, I kind of had the basics of Korean, or enough to get by. Now, I have improved a lot due to being in a relationship with someone who could not speak English. But, I am not at the fluency I want yet. Not only in speaking, but also in reading/writing. I feel like this would also benefit my long term goal of wanting to be a journalist.

4. Save money.

This one is the same as my goal of losing weight. I have never been and probs never will be good at saving money. But, it is something I know I have to do and I am finally trying to do! I want to save money so that I can help my family, be able to do most of the things I want to do and to be prepared for any situation that comes my way. It could be that I want to travel or I am jobless. I need to always be financially stable.

5. Be the best version of myself.

Now this is a current and long term goal. It is also a goal that I think everyone needs to have! We are so fast to criticise ourselves and others these days. I want to be someone who is positive, sees the good side to every experience and have people like me for who I am. I know that not everyone in the world will like me, but if I am the best version of myself, I will know that there is nothing else I can do.

I know my goals are kind of bland and you have probably heard before, but it’s simple things that please me. So my goals are simple.

I wonder if any of you lovely people have a goal that I have never thought could be a goal. It’s so interesting to see and hear how different peoples goals are. So, let me know in the comment section below and I will respond to you!

Thanks for supporting and reading my blog!